How Do You Make Employees Feel Appreciated? By Sandra Charton

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Top Ways Employers Can Thank Their Employees

Employee of the Week An employee of the week program gives each employee the opportunity for their efforts to be publicly recognized. Organizations can schedule an after-work function to acknowledge the contributions made by these employees. People selected for employee of the week could receive rewards such as gift baskets, gift cards, or even have their pictures put up on a bulletin board so their colleagues can recognize their achievements. How should employees of the week be chosen? Criteria could include punctuality, putting in extra work hours, etc.

Give Individualized Praise An employer can express gratitude with an employee’s work in a more individualized manner by identifying the specific actions deemed praiseworthy. This type of personalized feedback demonstrates to employees that their employer takes the time to learn more about each of them and what they do.

Financial Incentives Needless to say, employees greatly appreciate a bonus or some form of financial incentive. This displays an employer’s willingness to invest in his/her employees.